PLA Summer Reading List!

In Defense of Housing – David Madden and Peter Marcuse

The Just City Reader – ed. Toni L. Griffin

What Goes Up: the Right and Wrongs to the City – Michael Sorkin

High-Risers: Cabrini Green and the Fate of American Public Housing – Ben Austen

The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban Amercia – Alan Mallach

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond

How to Kill aCity: Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood – P.E. Moskowitz

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein

A House Is Not Just a House: Projects on Housing – Tatiana Bilbao

Unhoused: Adorno and the Problem of Dwelling – Matt Waggoner

Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City – Richard Sennett

Evicted – Matthew Desmond

The Library Book – Susan Orlean

The Night Watchman – Louise Erdrich

Sharks in the Time of Saviors – Kawai Strong Washburn

The Glass Hotel – Emily St. John Mandel

The Freedom Artist – Ben Okri

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line – Deepa Anappara

Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer, a UW-Madison alumna and on the Earth Partnership board. A must-read for anyone involved in Land Arch and Planning.


Works Confronting Racism in Society & Schools

White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially-Divided America by  Margaret Hagerman

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

No Bs (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People by Ivory A Toldson

Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms by Joe Feldma

Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices by Kathleen M. Budge

We Got This.: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be by Cornelius Mino

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

The 1619 Project from the New York Times Magazine

Podcast Episode: A Decade Of Watching Black People Die


Housing &/or Community Development

Race for ProfitKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate StateSamuel Stein

Brave New Home: Our Future In Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing Diana Lind

Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America – Conor Dougherty


A perk for all APA student members….


Summer Book Recommendations from Landscape Architects